One of England's most talented footballers has described his Christian faith as "massive".
Manchester City attacker Raheem Sterling has been telling GQ magazine about the influence it has on his life.
Speaking to former political spin doctor turned writer Alistair Campbell, he said: "[My faith is] massive to me. I always give thanks for my life, always give thanks for my family's life and I'm just really grateful for the position I'm in.
Sterling, 24, says he was brought up in the church and his mum taught him about faith from an early age.
When he moved from home he says his faith deepened and now has "no doubts" that God exists.
"I know for sure," he said. "Every day you wake up, you just look around and you don't need to look any further than what you see.
"A lot of scientists, the cleverest people in the world tell you that there has to be a creator. And they need answers, but you just have to sometimes accept that it's bigger than you and you have to leave it at that."
Sterling also opened up about the racism he's been on the end of and how he deals with critics.
The full interview is featured in the August issue of GQ.
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